Philosophy: The Big Picture *

This course will take you on an exciting adventure that covers more than 2,500 years of history!  Along the way, you’ll run into some very strange characters. For example, you’ll read about a man who hung out on street corners, barefoot and dirty, pestering everyone he met with questions. You’ll learn about another eccentric who climbed inside a stove to think about whether he existed. Despite their odd behavior, these and other philosophers of the Western world are among the most brilliant and influential thinkers of all time. As you learn about these great thinkers, you’ll come to see how and where many of the most fundamental ideas of Western Civilization originated. You’ll also get a chance to ask yourself some of the same questions these great thinkers pondered.

Unit 1

Lesson 1: The World of Wonder                          

Lesson 2: From Mythology to Philosophy            

Lesson 3: Socrates, Plato and Aristotle               

Lesson 4: Hellenistic Philosophy                          


Unit 2                                                             

Lesson 5: Christianity and Philosophy in the Middle Ages

Lesson 6: The Rise of Modern Western Philosophy

Lesson 7: Western Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century

Lesson 8: Western Philosophy in the Twentieth Century


* This course requires you to prove your ability to adhere to the expectations of HHSO prior to being enrolled into it. Therefore, coach approval is required.